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Monday
Apr072014

Just Between Friends Milwaukee #JBFMilwaukee

This past weekend, we were back at it with shopping with our favorite friends, Just Between Friends. This time, we headed to #JBFMilwaukee to check out their HUGE sale! 

Located at State Fair Park in the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall C, with over 493 consignors and a 55,000 square foot venue, there are plenty of deals to be found! 

Of course, we had to do a little shopping while at the sale. Being limited to a carry on suitcase, we had to make sure we picked only the best deals! So what did we get?

You can view the full review of our shopping haul in the video below. 

Want to check out the sale yourself? There's still time!

Just Between Friends Milwaukee Consignment Sale Dates

The sale runs from Sunday, April 6th through Friday, April 11th.

  • Sunday, April 6 from 10am-7pm ($3 admission)
  • Monday, April 7 from 10am-7pm
  • Tuesday, April 8 from 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday, April 9 from 10am-5pm
  • Thursday, April 10 from 10am-7pm (*50% off day!)
  • Friday, April 11 from 10am-1pm (*50% off day!)

Learn more about Just Between Friends – Milwaukee by connecting with them on their Facebook page, on Twitter, and on their website.

Monday
Apr072014

Near Philly Spring Break Trip Ideas

This morning I hung out with the fabulous Jennaphr Frederick at MY HOUSE. (Yes, MY.DIRTY.HOUSE. ha)  Oh well.  I'm human and a REAL MOM, right? 

Anyway, I totally took one for the team so that we could give YOU some amazing Spring Break ideas!

So, maybe you don't have the funds to head to St. Barts or Mexico or Florida even!  There are some wonderful opportunities right in our own area!  

You may remember me sharing the awesome of Congress Hall in Cape May over Spring Break, right?  I got to really enjoy it last year and hope to get the fam there again this year.  They have so many great things to do during spring break at Congress Hall from cooking classes for kids to hanging with Pirates & Princesses!  

Gaylord National is another great short trip destination to enjoy the spring break time off.  They have a PEEPS Easter event that any peeps fan will love!

 

Check out my video with Jennaphr for more details on the fun ideas not to far from home.

 

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Saturday
Apr052014

#MagicAtPlay with Kohl's #DisneySide

#MagicAtPlay

 

Within just a few short days I'll be taking on a fun filled side of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California!

I'm honored to have been invited back to Disney Social Media Moms for the 2nd time.  I can honestly tell you that as a kid I never got to experience the 'magic' of Disney.  Heck, that only happened about 3 years ago!  

Since then, there has been a great array of awesome that has happened for me and my family in regards to the big Walt & the Magic he's brought to people all over the world. 

Getting this opportunity is really a coveted spot.  Disney only hands out a handful of tickets and we all wait with our fingers crossed on getting the chance to learn, love & play with the people who call Disney their work home. 

This year, we were contacted by Kohl's to see if we were interested in reviewing the new Disney line by Jumping Bean available exclusively at Kohl's!  So, yesterday afternoon I hit the store locally to see what they have. 

I have to tell you - the clothes are amazing but the display is over the top!  It was so fun to look through all the cute clothes by Jumping Bean.  I found a couple shirts for Hudson & since I don't have a daughter - I bought the CUTEST outfit for a friend who's having a girl!!  OMGOSH.  The boy stuff is cute - but the GIRL STUFF IS OVER THE TOP!  Frilly, fun and frisky - all in one aisle. 

Stick around - as I've got a $50 Gift card for YOU to experience the #MagicAtPlay!  

 

Sunday
Mar302014

Nickelodeon Suites Hotel

Nickelodeon Suites Hotel

 

Do your kids have a massive obsession with Nickelodeon?  Sponge Bob?  Dora?

Then pack your bags, friends because I have the PERFECT FAMILY HOTEL for you to visit in Orlando!

Nick Hotel - the ULTIMATE Nickelodeon Getaway is probably one of the most fun hotels I've ever stayed at with my people!!

Remember the show, years ago called Double Dare?  The host was the legendary Mark Summers, right?  Yeah.  Let me just tell you that Double Dare is ALIVE & WELL at Nick Hotel!

Another parts of the hotel that totally rocks are the pool.  Where everyday at 4:45 they bring out the crew and they get everyone all riled up and then the dump that INSANE bucket of green slime on everyone!  

We had the best view for sure. ha.  I got to watch the whole thing on the 5th floor corner checking out the entire-gross-sliming of my husband and my son on at LEAST 3 different occassions! ha. 

It was actually pretty cool.  I'm still dying ot know what your slime mixture is made of. 

Boston, my 5 year old who LOVES Spongebob stayed in a fun room off the dining room that had the walls COVERED with a huge Spongebob wrap.  

What I love about the rooms is that they are more than just a 'room'.  There is a kitchenette, bathroom with decent space.  Then there are 2 bedrooms.  The master bedroom with a nice sized closet and then a kids' like bedroom with two twin beds. 

The hotel is amazing even outside the rooms.  There is a 'mall' which is unlike the traditional 'mall'.  Inside they had a Subway, icecream & coffee shop and a few other amazing little things.  There is the character dining restaurant, gift shop, pizza place and even an awesome arcade!

I have to tell you, though... I was MEGA disappointed when I went to the arcade to find out that COTTON CANDY MACHINE WAS BROKEN!!!  Yes.  Broken.  I was devastated. Yes.  But I did survive. ha

Another spot in the mall is their front door area.  There is a studio on one side where you can enjoy nightly Double Dare games which was one of the BEST parts of Nick Hotel!  I loved it.  Remember that bizarre gigantic nose in the old school game where contestants have to reach up the nostril and grab the flag to get to the next person??? IT WAS THERE!!!  I totally kid you not. ha

Such a great time all the way around!  I highly suggest this hotel to any family who wants to get away from the major theme park resorts and need some 'down time'.  There are definitely plus & minuses to staying off the major theme park properties and Nick Hotel was a perfect fit for me and my family!

Want to travel to Orlando with toddlers?  The best time to do so is in MAY!  There are amazing buy one adult - get a child in free deals.  Be sure to check out www.VisitOrlando.com/May for more details!

Have you ever been?  What is your favorite part of the Hotel?

And if you've never been - ask away!!  Love to help you plan a fab Visit Orlando vacation!

 

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DISCLOSURE:  We were invited by Visit Orlando to experience the great opportunities for families with young kids in Orlando.  Yes, my family all attended - and we were given special media opportunities to facilitate this review.  Traveling with families are hard enough!  Real Mom Travels are here to make your family travel easier!

Friday
Mar282014

SwaddleDesigns SMART Blanket 

This may be on of the coolest (and smartest) ideas I have seen in a long time!

SwaddleDesigns, a made in the USA brand, has developed a swaddling blanket that has a QR code sewn to the label that opens up a white noise, swaddling instructions and even baby care videos, right on your smartphone.

How SMART is that?!

SwaddleDesigns teamed up with renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp to offer this new product called “SwaddleClub." SwaddleDesigns’ patent pending design is the first to permanently attach a QR label to a swaddling blanket to access educational information and stream white noise to a mobile phone.

 In the app you will find: 

  • White noise: There is a fabulous library of white noise sounds that can sooth your baby as she goes to sleep. There are a number to choose from so you can find the perfect sound that works best for your little one.
  • Swaddling instructions: In addition to swaddling information, parents can access how-to videos on their phones. Brilliant and so easy!
  • Dr. Harvey Karp: Renowned pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, author of the best-selling book and DVD The Happiest Baby on the Block, provides his expertise in a series of short baby care videos.

You can learn more about the SwaddleClub at  www.swaddleclub.com. You can purchase the beautiful new designs at www.swaddledesigns.com.